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What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART) ?

What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART) ?

What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART
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You can use the following ways to connect a set-top box to a TV:

1. SCART on STB to SCART on TV. This provides the best possible connection, with stereo sound and "RGB" highest quality connection;

2. SCART on STB to composite on TV. Older TVs without SCART connections usually have "composite" inputs, usually three "phono" sockets (often red, white and yellow). This offers stereo sound and good picture quality. You will need a special cable from a high-street retailer.

3. UHF ("aerial lead") box to TV. This requires that the STB you choose (all Sky, MOST Freeview) has a UHF output. You will need to "tune" the TV into the box, and you will get OK pictures and only mono sound.

If you are stuck with mono or poor quality sound on the TV, you can still use the SCART output (and the same cable as 2) to a separate amplifier to listen in stereo.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

1:58 PM

Caroline Brown: Further to StevensOnln1's excellent advise, what is the model of your TV, as well as the set-top box?

If you have a flat TV, then usually you connect it up via HDMI leads, not scart, and even relatively old TV's should have a Freeview tuner already built in. If the new box is an HD one, then you'll need to use HDMI to get the best use out of it.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 February 2017
11:49 AM

What is a V M lead please

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Harry's 1 post GB flag

5:08 PM

Harry: In what context?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Peter Magee
5:43 PM

My av2 connection is lying loose beside sky hd box is this ok

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Peter Magee's 1 post GB flag

7:15 PM

Peter Magee : Is everything working? What type of cable is this AV2 connection and where does the other end go to?

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
11:19 PM

II have roughly 12 yr old Toshiba tv, it has 2scart plugs at back but no signal,do I need a free view receiver ? And will it work there's a Ariel in loft, but don't want to spend a lot of money,can you advise me

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Diane's 1 post GB flag

11:54 PM

Diane : Find the model number and check on the internet - the spec will say if its analogue only, but a 12 year old Toshiba TV should have freeview as standard. To get a signal, you need to hook it up to an aerial - the scarts will give a signal as well, but only from a DVD or PVR.

If you can get a signal from an aerial, then thats a good start.

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